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Nine New Radio Amateurs

February 21, 2010

I have not mentioned this on my blog before, but for the last year I have been involved in helping a group of students establish an amateur radio club at the university where I work.  I am the faculty advisor and, as the only licensed member, I have been guiding them through the material they need to know for the getting their own licenses, as well as helping them build equipment and establish an operational station.

I am very pleased to announce the first group of students took their Basic amateur radio exam today and nine passed with a high enough grade to get their HF privileges in Canada. The tenth will be retaking their exam very soon. A special thank you goes to Ernie, VE3EJJ, for spending his Sunday afternoon examining these students.

The club, Carleton University Amateur Radio Club, has the call VA3CUA and will have its station setup in the near future.  The passing of these exams today is an important step in this club and I hope many of these newly licensed amateurs will be training other club members next year and beyond. I have been impressed with the enthusiasm for amateur radio that this group has shown. I am looking forward to working on amateur radio projects with them in the near future.

Congratulations to these new amateur radio operators!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. February 21, 2010 10:09 pm

    Great news, Alan.

    Congratulations to the yourself, Ernie and the students!

    Looking forward to hearing more about, and from, VA3CUA.


  2. February 21, 2010 11:36 pm

    What an accomplishment Alan. Good work – in the true amateur spirit. Good on you.

  3. Paul Sobon permalink
    February 15, 2011 9:48 am

    Great to see the club at CU started again. I was club president back in 1966 – 1970 and the callsign back then was VE3OCU and we had a small room in the field office near Bronsan. We actually had the specs into the building of the Student Union building to make the roof stronger so that it could take the ham tower and antennas.

    Paul VE3FIB (alumni 1970)

    • va3stl permalink*
      February 17, 2011 10:56 am


      Good to hear from you. Yes I have heard how very active the club was in the past. We have one alumni of the club (from the early ’80s) who comes and helps out regularly. That input and perspective really helps the students I believe.

      If you are ever up in the Ottawa area contact me and we could arrange a visit.

      Alan, VA3STL

  4. March 21, 2011 1:34 pm

    Way to Go with them youngsters! There’s nothing like watching the faces of the ones who pass their tests. You are to be commended for your involvement. Many would look the other way, but you didn’t.

    Take Care up there in Canada.

    73, Dan, KE5UTN in Louisiana.


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