Silent Key – GM0BMV – John Mackay

Sad to report the passing of John Mackay, GM0BMV at the age of 79.

john was a native of Harris and had served as Radio Officer  onboard Empress liners.

For many years to was a Radio officer at the UK Coast Radio Station Oban Radio / GNE and was the final Officer in Charge (and therefore the last morse examiner)  and the last man out of the door when the station closed.

After his time at GNE John obtained his Amateur Radio licence with the callsign GM0BMV and particularly enjoyed CW contacts with maritime mobile stations including GM0HCQ on the Antarctic Survey vessels.

John had been unwell since April of this year but was admitted to hospital in Oban early September where he died on 13th September.  John was well known in the Oban and North Connel area and a good crowd gathered at Achnaba Church to say farewell to him on 21st September.