SK Rev George Dobbs G3RJV.

For sometime I have known that  G3RJV had not been too well, I have not made much noise about it on here, as I think he would of wanted it that way.

I understand George Passed away in the early hours of this morning, "my birthday" how am I ever going to live that one down every March 11th.

For sure George is never going to be forgotten by the GQRP club which he started back in 1974 and continues to flourish by an ever growing active membership, along with Sprat the magazine which he edited until his last 12 months. All the QRP books he written and co wrote, along with his monthly pages with Practical Wireless "Carrying on the Practical Way", encouraging those from a start, to where they actually understood the basics of radio, developing from a simple diode to using a couple of transistors, that made something that really worked and was useful. Of course my first contact with George Dobbs was when I built his 3 transistor radio from the Ladybird book back in the mid 70's.

How shall I remember him, well he will be up there with the greats of QRP, the Sudden is one radio that comes to mind, a design that showed all the basics of radio with minimum parts. Oh yes his encouragement, if he thought you had got it, he bent over to help, endorsing my Blog in it's early days The Reverend reviewed I guess he liked what I had written, even though I may be a bit slow at times. The references to G3RJV's work will never be forgotten and won't, and must be brought to the forefront for new audiences to see and understand, helping them to learn the basics from the start.

To Georges Wife and family, I send out my sincere condolences, he will be missed!

Steve, G1KQH, is a regular contributor to and writes from England. Contact him at [email protected].

15 Responses to “SK Rev George Dobbs G3RJV.”

  • Colin GM4JPZ:

    Truly one of the key figures in amateur radio for decades, he was synonymous with QRP. RIP George.

  • Robert VA3AOD:

    My condolences. May your memories of George be a blessing for you.

  • David WB4ONA:


  • Richard K0RDS:

    Truly a great man in the world of Amateur Radio. My condolences.


    Truly one of the Greats

  • Ger EI4GXB:

    Sad news indeed. A legend in the Amateur Radio field. Condolences to his family & friends and may he Rest In Peace. 73 OM.

  • Bill G4ERV:

    What a loss to our hobby. George really led in the QRP field and was a great character. So sorry. RIP.

  • Bill G0STR:

    Sad News.
    Met George a few times. A very nice man who will be missed.
    His love of QRP and homebrew gear should not be forgotten

    R.I.P. George

  • Colin G0XCF:

    So sad news. a radio great, condolences to his family and friends. RIP

  • Fer, EA4BL:

    One of the greatest and representative of what QRP means.
    Shall be up there with the ones like DeMaw, etc.

  • Nino , iz7DJR:

    I started qrp operations since 1971 ,So Sprat founded by G3rjv later on 1974 gave a great help with little ideas and little simple TRx , little, meaning low powered,few components and size, but great for excitatio and funny,so another way to live our radio hobby far away from commercial gears.A new chance for newcomers!
    Ciao Giorge

  • John M Cliff-G0WXU:

    You will be sadly missed George. RIP

  • Goody K3NG:

    73 es dit dit, OM ! RIP!

  • Roger G3XBM:

    Sad news indeed.

  • Adam Rong BD6CR:

    RIP George. You will be missed by Chinese hams as well.

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