Rod, an enthusiastic club hang glider pilot, brought his experience in aerial work and knowledge of electronics to the establishment of Wendy Windblows, a remote call-in weather centre which he designed and constructed in 1987. Starting with a single station at Bradwell Edge, it soon grew to embrace 15 weather stations around the UK, serving both the flying and sailing communities. It was a novel live data service that was way ahead of its time.
It continued for 30 years until 2018 by which time access to internet-based services and Rod’s ill health and age led to the decision to close it down (though the Bradwell Edge service remains open access to the free-flying community). For over 20 years Rod also performed the role of Radio Advisor to the BHPA, ensuring that the membership’s need for in-flight communications were met and remained on the right side of complex legislation.