Cathy Clark, G1GQJ
Born in 1958 and married Brian G1ECE in 1979.
B.Ed from Bingley College (part of Bradford University). Started teaching
in Marlow in 1979 at the primary school where I had been a pupil. Moved
to an infant school in Aylesbury in 1985 and then on to its neighbouring
Junior school in 1989. I've been there ever since. Currently ICT and
Assessment Co-ordinator as well as a class teacher.
What brought you into the Hobby
Grandfather was interested in radio and built his own cat's whisker
set. Used to listen to the amateur band with my mother on an old Ekco
radiogram. Met Ray G8GQJ (now my brother-in-law) through the church
youth club and got into serious listening on the amateur bands. Decided
to take the RAE in 1982, and was first licensed in 1983.
What attracted you to join RAYNET
Was secretary of the Aylesbury Vale Radio Society for six years and
one night we had a quiz night against the Milton Keynes Club. Met Russ
G4NUG who persuaded me to join RAYNET and become the local group's secretary.
What he didn't tell me was he also intended to make me the secretary
of the county group as well...!
A member of Aylesbury RAYNET since 1980 and became its Group Controller
Was elected to the post of ZC6 in 1993 when the Network was formed.
Because of my education background, I became involved in the Training
Team and co-authored the scheme. I organised and lectured on the RAYNET
training courses at the Emergency Planning College at Easingwold.
CoM Minutes Secretary from Jan 1995 - Dec 2003.
In 1996, I became Team Leader for the Emergency Planning Team and the
following year was elected as Vice Chairman of the Network.
Became Network Chairman in 2004, very active with my local group and
occasionally help out with training days in various groups. Still remain
as Emergency Planning Team Leader.
The strengths and qualities that you bring to the role
As a long-standing member of the Committee of Management, I've got
to know a lot of members. I particularly enjoy meeting them at rallies
and other functions.
Teaching has taught me to be good at time management and it's certainly
I would like to think I am approachable and easy-going.