I learnt this afternoon that Jumbo ZL1HV passed away this morning.
In Ham Radio parlance, he has become a Silent Key.
Known to one and all as Jumbo, Arthur Godfrey was more than 90 years old and has been a huge influence on Amateur Radio throughout most of those 90 years. A Past President of NZART as well as North Shore Radio Club, Jumbo's name and callsign were very well known and highly regarded. He had a keen interest in radio and technology and was the oldest Linux Enthusiast I knew. We even had friends in common through the Auckland Linux Users Community. He had a leading hand in the ZL1AB Packet Radio Station among other things. He was also very strong in the areas of Civil Defence and AREC, having been instrumental in many of the North Shore AREC events including the construction of their CD/Comms Caravan [Photo of both Jumbo and the Caravan].
Jumbo was always a firm supporter of myself and the Young Amateurs of New Zealand and will be dearly missed. Although I didn't see him very often (Living in South Auckland limited my exposure to North Shore Club members), he was always friendly and amiable to deal with. I last saw him a few months ago whilst giving a presentation to North Shore Radio Club members. He was fit, alert and very spry for a man of his years.
Rest in piece, friend. 73.